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Moving onto a PhD

Some of you may be interested in continuing with your studies and pursuing a research degree – i.e. a PhD.  A PhD is a process of independent research that does not just result in a qualification for you (the highest degree in academia!) it also produces significant and original knowledge in your chosen area.

A PhD typically takes 3 - 4 years of full time study or 5 - 7 years part-time. You must be motivated, and have a strong interest in a research area to undertake a PhD. If you enjoyed the independent research you did for your undergraduate or during your MSc then you will likely enjoy the longer research period of a PhD.

We invite applications from students wishing to do a PhD at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. You may be interested in looking at the PhD projects of some of our current students here  and here

Apply for a PhD

There is no single point of applications for the majority of PhDs; instead, you will make applications directly to individual universities. Broadly speaking, PhDs come in two general formats:

Advertised projects- PhD projects that have already received funding and where the project aims have been defined and are advertised on the host university's website or other academic job websites (e.g. Find a PhD or You will normally apply directly to the institution using their application system.

Self-proposed projects - You may not find PhDs of interest advertised or you may have a clear idea of what area you would like to research. In this case, you should identify which universities conduct research in your areas of interest and contact relevant academics to discuss your ideas. You will have flexibility to pick your own topic, but your ideas need to fit within the ideas and interests of the academics. Please see more details on how to apply for a PhD at Bradford University here:


Many advertised PhD studentships come with funding attached. We advertise some funded PhD opportunities on Find a PhD or our own university's website. If you self-propose a project then you may need to self-fund your studies or find funding from other sources. There are multiple sources of funding available to support you:  

Studentships from Funding bodies: Studentships can guarantee either a partially or fully-funded PhD. They are most commonly awarded by:



  • International students funding – There are doctoral funding schemes specifically intended for students from selected countries, for example the CommonWealth PhD scholarships or the Newton Fund. It can be worth checking with the university what funding is available.

Additional support:


There are other organisations awarding PhD scholarships, and new funding opportunities may come about.  The application process can be lengthy, and competition is fierce – If you are interested in completing a PhD with us then we may support you in finding the right funding or guiding you on how to write a strong application that may improve your chances of success!

Our current PhD students

We have a growing number of PhD students completing projects focused on two main research areas - Living Well with Dementia and Improving the Quality of Care for People affected by Dementia. Learn more about PhD students and their research topics:

  • Lindsey Collins:  Understanding the eating and drinking experiences of people living with dementia and dysphagia in care homes. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Andrew Hart
  • Saba Shafiq: Using the self-regulatory model to explore cultural understandings of dementia in African Caribbean and Irish communities. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen
  • Wendy Andrusjak: Hearing and sight loss in care home residents. Supervisors: Prof Gail Mountain and Dr Ana Barbosa
  • Oladayo Bifarin: Support needs of carers of older relatives in China in light of the one-child policy. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode, Dr Catherine Quinn, Dr Liz Breen
  • Shabana Shafiq: Barriers and facilitators for south Asian families in accessing support when a relative is living with frailty. Supervisors: Dr Sahdia Parveen, Dr Mel Cooper and Dr Becca Hawkins

Do let us know if you are thinking of embarking on a PhD with us or need more advice around doing a PhD. Send an email to